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James Wayne Mann Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on July 28, 2010, before U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy, JAMES WAYNE MANN, a 54-year-old resident of Butte, appeared for sentencing. MANN was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 19 months, concurrent with another sentence
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Restitution: $1,160
  • Supervised Release: 3 years

MANN was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to being a felon-in-possession of a firearm.

In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Racicot, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:

In 2009, MANN was on supervised release following his release from prison for a bank robbery conviction in 2000.

In early September 2009, MANN admitted to his probation officer that he had stolen four firearms from his landlord in Butte and pawned them.

Following an investigation, it was discovered that MANN had pawned a .303-caliber rifle in Butte on August 25, 2009, and two Winchester, Model 12, 12-gauge shotguns on September 2, 2009. MANN also pawned a .22-caliber rifle in Butte on August 31, 2009.

MANN faces possible penalties of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and at least 3 years supervised release.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that MANN will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, MANN does have the opportunity to earn a sentence reduction for "good behavior." However, this reduction will not exceed 15% of the overall sentence.

The investigation was a cooperative effort between Montana Probation and Parole and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

This conviction is yet another important outcome from Project Safe Neighborhoods, a national priority of the United States Department of Justice. PSN is designed as a partnership between federal and local law enforcement to reduce violent crime and gun-related crime through the vigorous enforcement of the criminal provisions of the federal firearms laws. In Montana, the effort under PSN is called "Catch and No Release."



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